Sunday, October 18, 2015

News and updates from the Franklin Historical Museum

The Franklin Historical Museum is looking for volunteers to host at the Museum during regular business hours. 
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in your community?  Are you interested in Franklin History? 
This could be what you're looking for.  Responsibilities would include opening and closing the museum, greeting guests, answering questions and accepting any donations that might be brought to the museum.  We are looking for volunteers willing to host 1 day a month.  If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information, please call Mary Olsson @ 508-520-9187. 
The museum is open Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings (except during winter months).
Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St
Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St 

The Franklin Historical Commission has found that visitor numbers to the museum on Thursday nights during the cold winter months, drops dramatically. 
For the second year, the commission has voted to close the museum Thursday evenings during the months of December, January and February.  
We will be open for the Downtown Partnership Holiday Stroll on Thursday December 3rd and will close Thursday nights starting the following week, December 10.  We will resume our regular operating hours in March.
The Franklin Historical Museum recently participated in the 1st Annual Mass Museum Day, hosted by NEMA, (New England Museum Association).  The event took place on Wednesday October 7th in the Grand Hall at the State House.  Senator Stanley Rosenberg, President of the State Senate along with Senator Eric Lesser, Chair of the joint committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development welcomed the 30 museums from across the State.  
Participants were invited to showcase their museum and show their legislators why it is important to continue to fund the local arts and cultural organizations within our communities.  The Franklin Historical Museum fittingly featured favorite son Horace Mann, who served in the Massachusetts State legislature, Served as President of the Senate in 1836-1827, and was the first Secretary of Education.  
State Rep Jeffrey Roy and Senator Richard Ross both supported and participated in the day by visiting the table and promoting Franklin and the museum.  The Historical Museum was proud to help sponsor the event and was recognized by having our logo displayed on the NEMA event banner.  
If you haven't already had the chance, visit the museum, located downtown at 80 West Central Street.  The museum is open Saturdays 10:00AM - 1:00PM; Sundays 1:00PM - 4:00PM and Thursday evenings 5:00PM - 8:00PM (except Dec, Jan, and Feb).  
Handicap access is available at the back of the building.  Come by and discover Franklin's history, where our story began.

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